Category Archives: Employees

Learning How to Delegate

While delegation comes naturally for some of us, others may struggle with it. Delegation is assigning responsibility to others and can consist of breaking up a large project into smaller tasks. If you manage a team or are a leader in your area, it is likely that you already delegate tasks. Some tasks may be large and some may be small, but delegating tasks of all sizes takes practice. (more…)

Improve Work Life Balance for Your Employees

Work life balance. This is a phrase that businesses highlight and employees desire. While work life balance is valued by many, what does it really look like?

Work life balance is achieved when career is balanced with lifestyle. As an employer, you may wonder…how can I provide a better work life balance for my employees? Here are some ideas: (more…)

4 Tips to Leaving Work at Work (When You Work from Home)

Being able to leave your work at work is one thing when you physically leave the office and travel back home. Working remotely adds challenges as the lines between work and home can become blurred. Knowing that there is no right or wrong way to do this, there are a few things you can try to get you on the right path. It’s important to find the way that works for you! (more…)

Workers Compensation: Employee or Independent Contractor?

In the world of workers compensation, the subject of employee vs. self-employed independent contractor is complex. Employers are not required to provide workers compensation coverage for independent contractors. Likewise, employers are not responsible for payroll taxes and other legal obligations that are necessary for employees. However, there are consequences for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor, so it’s important to understand the difference. (more…)

Get More Out of Your Year-End Review

Whether you’re a manager or an employee, year-end reviews can be nerve wracking. As the employee, we know that our manager is about to go over our performance and development from the past 365 days, including the good and the bad.

Most likely, managers will also help you develop an “action plan” for your next year to work towards achieving your goals. This is helpful, but it will not determine how your next year will go. Do you know what will? Let’s talk about it… (more…)

Successfully Onboarding New Employees

Finding the right person to fill a position is just as important as having a process to properly onboard them. Whether your company is large or small, getting your new hires off on the right foot is important and can make a huge impact in the long run.  (more…)

Should You Conduct Employee Background Checks? (Part 2)

There are a number of legal considerations associated with conducting a proper and fair background check. It’s not easy, so why should you bother? The answer is in the EEOC guidelines; you do a background check when there is a business necessity. As a business owner, you have an obligation to provide a safe environment for your employees and customers as well as a fiduciary responsibility to the company. Reasons for a background check include, but might not be limited to: (more…)

Legal Considerations for Employee Background Checks (Part 1)

Do you conduct background checks on job applicants? Have you ever thought of doing so? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions you need to be aware of the legal considerations.

There are a number of federal and state laws, along with local ordinances in some cities, which govern background checks. At the federal level there is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states in part “…a person cannot be denied employment based on a criminal record alonethe decision to hire or not hire must be based on a business necessity…” Some of the points to consider include, but are not limited to: (more…)

Health & Wellness: Goals + Coaching = Success

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Health & Wellness

We are often hesitant to turn to others for help, especially when it is a personal matter like health and wellness. Maybe it’s because we’re embarrassed or believe we are past help. We’re more likely to focus on the wellness of loved ones rather than our own. Over and over again, we are told that our health is paramount – but often that is not enough for us to make a long‐term change.

Health coaching participants have told me that the first session is always the hardest because they don’t know what to expect. Typically the first session allows me to get to know the participant a little better and find out what is important to them.

When I think back to one of my most memorable coaching sessions, the participant’s first words were: (more…)

Dealing with Workplace Conflict

Whether you are in an entry-level position, or an upper level management position, at some point we all have to deal with workplace conflicts. Learning how to deal with the conflicts is crucial to creating a good environment to work in.

Follow these four tips to help handle conflict: (more…)